Webinar: Lyme Disease

Spring is finally here, and deer ticks will be sure to awaken and go about causing Lyme disease in your patients. Please have a look at this webinar which describes the epidemiology (with particular emphasis on Delaware), early recognition, and prevention of Lyme disease. It was jointly produced by the Medical Society of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Public Health, is offered at no cost, and is eligible for 1 unit of CME credit.

Learn more here.

Annual Meeting, May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018
5:30 P.M.
Chase Center on the Riverfront – Christina Ball Room
Register Here!

Keynote speaker, Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Translation, Optum Labs

Honoring Nicholas Petrelli, MD and the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center with the Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award

Honoring Jewish Family Services with the Public Health Recognition Award.


Innovative Discoveries Series


This presentation focuses on describing three randomized trials designed to identify intervention strategies that can  increase colorectal cancer screening in health system primary care patient populations. The studies, which were supported by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, were conducted in three different health systems and primary care practice patient populations: 1) general patients, 2) African American patients, and 3) Hispanic patients. The presentation also highlights the need to develop learning health care systems that can support and sustain implementation of evidence-based cancer prevention and control interventions in routine care.

Presented By:

Ronald Myers, DSW, PhD
Director, Center for Health Decision, Thomas Jefferson University

Free!  Lunch will be served!



Friday, April 20, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at https://bluejeans.com/361095905
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

April 27, 2018: Crowdsourcing Methodology
May 5, 2018: Weight Stigma and Health

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Emphasizes-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10997/immunization-safety-review-vaccines-and-autism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/UCM070430#q5

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

Smartphone CPR App in New Castle County

Leaders in New Castle County, Delaware, have launched a new smartphone application they say will save lives when help is urgently needed.

Activated when a call is made to 911, the PulsePoint app alerts and directs trained residents to people nearby who need cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. County Executive Matt Meyer said citizen responders, who include off-duty first responders, can make all the difference in those critical moments before first responders arrive.

Learn more

Christiana Care Medical Aid Units

Five Christiana Care Medical Aid Units (CCMAU) are now available for convenient care, 7 days a week! Most are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and no appointment is necessary.  Express Check-In (available on christianacare.org) enables people to see current wait times and reserve their spot in line.

When you should go:

If you have an illness or injury that are NOT extremely serious or life-threatening, but DO require care within a few hours or the same day
(game day sports injuries, sore throats & coughs, eye & ear problems, minor burns, flu-like symptoms, etc.)

5 Convenient MAU Locations

Star Campus
550 South College Avenue
Suite 115
Newark, DE 19713

Smyrna Health & Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street
Smyrna, DE 19977

Glasgow Medical Center
2600 Glasgow Avenue
Newark, DE 19702

Middletown Care Center
124 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Middletown, DE 19709

HealthCare Center at Christiana
200 Hygeia Drive
Newark, DE 19713

Addiction Resources in Delaware

Over 20 million Americans had a substance abuse disorder in 2015.  It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United states, and over 20,000 of those overdose deaths are related to prescription pain relievers (American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Addiction is everywhere, even in Delaware.


Visit HelpIsHereDE.com

New Castle County: 800-652-2929

Kent & Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785

2016 Year In Review

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are pleased to share with you our 2016 Year In Review via the following link.   Its intent is to update you on activities during the prior year, and to engage you in upcoming projects and activities.  We focus on key areas: our programs, our collaborations, our interns, and our publication – the Delaware Journal of Public Health.
As always, we deeply appreciate your engagement in, and support of, the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association.
Please reach out to us with any feedback and suggestions you may have.

April Awareness

April Is…

Alcohol Awareness Month – https://www.ncadd.org/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-awareness-month
Autism Awareness Month – http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/
Child Abuse Prevention Month – https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/
Donate Life Month – https://www.donatelife.net/ndlm/
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month – https://www.aacrfoundation.org/Pages/esophageal-cancer-awareness-month-april.aspx
Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month – http://oralcancerfoundation.org/events/oral-head-neck-cancer-awareness-month/
IBS Awareness Month – http://www.aboutibs.org/ibs-awareness-month.html
Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month – http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/
STI Awareness Month – https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month – http://www.testicularcancersociety.org/tc_awareness.html

April 2-8: National Public Health Week – http://www.nphw.org/
April 23-27: Every Kid Healthy Week – http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/what-we-do/every-kid-healthy-week
April 24-30: World Immunization Week – http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/en/
April 26 – May 3: National Infant Immunization Week – http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/nationalinfantimmunizationweek.html

April 7: World Health Day – http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2018/en/
April 16: National Health Care Decisions Day – http://www.nhdd.org/
April 22: Earth Day – http://www.earthday.org/
April 24: World Meningitis Day http://www.comomeningitis.org/world-meningitis-day/wmd-2018/